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EPA head will sign rule to roll back CPP

EPA head will sign rule to roll back CPP

Utilities is on track to decommission Martin Drake no later than 2035. "Utilities are doing the smart thing environmentally", Hooks said.

"Utilities have started buying more solar".

When reports of the EPA's planned move began to be reported over the weekend, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said repealing the plan without replacing it with any protections from "climate-destabilizing pollution" would fail to protect Americans from harmful pollution designated under the Clean Air Act.

He is also a skeptic of climate change, and said earlier this year that he believes carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.

The final rule also gives states the option to work with other states on multi-state approaches, including emissions trading, that allow their power plants to integrate their interconnected operations within their operating systems and their opportunities to address carbon pollution. And even that action won't decide the issue, as environmental activists and state leaders, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, have already vowed to challenge the rollback.

"A lot of damage has been done", said McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. The CPP requires coal-fired plants to begin reducing Carbon dioxide emissions.

The plan had sought to reduce emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The rule required states to reduce emissions with standards based on their energy consumption and provided incentives for beating deadlines to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, which Colorado has taken advantage of. The move comes after Trump issued an executive order in March instructing the EPA to review the plan. In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.

"The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation", according to the EPA website.

On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt's top deputy at EPA — one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests.

President Trump took the first step to unravel the Clean Power Plan back in March, signing an executive order shortly after he announced a review of Obama CAFE standards for cars, and a few weeks before he announced the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate deal.

When Trump announced he would withdraw the country from the Paris climate agreement in June, Graham pledged to join a coalition of states that plan to continue combating climate change. "This is a wise, science-based decision by Administrator Scott Pruitt and President Donald Trump". "He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord".

Despite the rhetoric, coal mines employ only about 52,000 workers nationally - a modest 4 percent uptick since Trump became president, government statistics show.

Colorado has a plan in place to get 30 percent of its energy supply from renewable energy by 2020. "The big job creater right now in the Missouri, as well as in the country, is clean energy technologies".

The East Kentucky Power Cooperative said they agree with the repeal.

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